Self-Determination

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Self-Determination

The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

See: discretion, freedom, home rule, liberty
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In debates over which rights should be protected in statutory bills of rights, the right of self-determination has been raised for possible inclusion.
The question we wish to raise is as follows: should the right of self-determination be implemented in the same manner for a people having no state of their own as for a people having already such a state?
12) Yet, use of the death penalty in the United States would not in and of itself justify the use of force by the disproportionately impacted racial group or justify humanitarian intervention by other states so long as the racial group was not being denied its right of self-determination within the established state and had available to it meaningful mechanisms to challenge the death penalty.
Nonetheless, equally consistent with our internationalism is our commitment to the right of self-determination.
The need to exercise the right of self-determination is no fiction or political slogan.
Taking into account the particular situation of peoples under colonial or other forms of alien domination or foreign occupation, the World Conference on Human Rights recognizes the right of peoples to take any legitimate action, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, to realize their inalienable right of self-determination,' he added.
Nevertheless, despite the passing and practices of Resolution 1514 in 1960 until the 1967 Six Day War, the right of self-determination for the Palestinians remained a moot point.
I am told that some of them were shocked to see the intensity of support for the right of self-determination in the Valley, which is not a small constituency and can well decide how a statewide candidate fares.
The Administrator DMC Karachi South said that February 5 is marked as a day of solidarity with the Kashmiri brothers in their just struggle for the right of self-determination.
I cannot, in any way, see why I should support anyone who embraces a party that has shown its contempt for democracy and the right of self-determination.
He urged India to accept the right of self-determination of Kashmiris as per the UNSC resolutions.
Muzaffarabad -- The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has called the media to play their vital role in highlighting the inalienable right of self-determination to people of Kashmir.